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  1. Somehow I only heard about this today. I knew about the ones earlier in the year. https://www.chron.com/business/real-estate/article/Randalls-to-close-Montrose-area-store-13347808.php Those stores are now already closed. While I was confirming that, I found an article about a 7th store! https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/katy/news/article/Randalls-closing-surprises-some-customers-13472090.php That's 7 freaking stores closed in a single year - 2018. They seem to be doing fine in Austin though, where they somehow actually managed to build a brand new store a couple of years ago. I don't think it was a replacement store or anything either. https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2017/03/23/austin-suburb-lands-new-retail-center-anchored.html I want to slap the people who keep repeating the same garbage about the "high prices". Yes, it was true a long time ago. It is no longer true anymore. I also shop at Kroger regularly. The prices are basically the same as Randalls. They both average out to about the same.
  2. I used to walk to high school before I got a car. Our neighborhood, built in 2002, had sidewalks, but as soon as I got to Grant Road - nothing. My mom contacted some county official, probably the commisioner, around 2003. In 2017 a sidewalk was finally installed. Partially - it terminates right before the school. Because that makes sense?
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    Novel River Oaks at Willowick & Westheimer

    There is a neat little apartment complex right next to The Georgian that I never even knew existed - it's got maybe 10 units in two buildings, with covered parking spaces. That will probably survive quite a bit longer because the land is not a large enough parcel to interest the developers. Unfortunately, The Georgian is yet another example of medium-low density being replaced with medium-high density. A marginal improvement in density - but it's also understandable that they would not try for a highrise there given that it abuts directly to single family homes. (whatever happened with Ashby anyway)
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    Novel River Oaks at Willowick & Westheimer

    Here's some pictures I took on the 6th. https://mikerichardson.name/tidbits/the_georgian/ Wasn't going to walk too deep into the property since anything was liable to fall down at any time. I wonder how much those townhomes rented for. I've not seen those at the other Swain & Houck properties. BTW, this was the last Swain & Houck property that had remained. The first to go was off of Allen Parkway if I recall. I was one of the last people to move from the last building on Westcreek - the one that they let sit and rot for 2+ years before tearing it down, instead of renting it out and collecting money. Because logic.
  5. Come on, really? I knew the owner of the shop there. Remember, I lived on Westcreek for over 3 years. The owner of Westcreek Market ran an honest business. He had cheaper prices than the Mobile or Exxon or whatever the hell it is at the opposite end of the street at San Felipe. I am not stupid and I understand how private property works. Westcreek Market should have owned their land but we all know that any price within the last 10 years would have been absurd. RIP Westcreek Market. If anyone around there wants a decent price on a bag of nuts or a 12 pack of coke or whatever, drive on down to the CVS, for as long as that might continue to exist. The least you can do is say, "RIP". I actually lived there. I actually patronized businesses around there. Hang me out to dry, I could give a shit. I care about honest men making an honest living. That includes: the operators of Westcreek Market, and even the workmen who build River Oaks District. It does not include people who judge from afar, living in suburb that's not even freaking HARRIS COUNTY, based on some wet dream that they have of the inner loop, that they might happen to drive through once or twice a year. I just hope that not too many affordable places are plowed over every year or GUESS WHAT? We will wind up EXACTLY like California. Go ahead and flame me, watch me care.
  6. I loved that super arbitrarily outdated Walgreens right there. Always had what I needed in stock. Now I have to go out towards Highway 6 :/
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    Hardy toll road extension

    Is it just me or do I vaguely recall hearing at one point in time that this connector was to be free of tolls? And, now, of course, "tolls"?
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    HCTRA.CO - a new information site

    Interesting factoid: More county residents, as a percentage of residents, voted on the 1983 toll bond election, than voted on the recent 2018 flood bond election.
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    HCTRA.CO - a new information site

    A small update to the site. The county clerk wrote back with the actual final numbers from the 1983 Bond Election. Here are the final numbers: http://hctra.co/elections/Final Cumulative Report-September 13, 1983 Harris County Bond Election.pdf
  10. Who else remembers drivng down Westheimer, circa 2009 or so? These people would jaywalk across the steet like ther name was goddamn Westh. E. Timer or something. You slow down, of course, unless you are arbitrarily homicidal. But now they have cars, I guess? And they are running the fu*king lights. Watch the intersection of Westheimer and Rogerdale for half an hour at dusk or nightfall. One time I was going south on Rogerdale to my apartment, at that intersection. The light was red, and so I was changing the radio station or something. I looked up, and the light was green. Then I looked left. Some piece of worse than human shit blows through the light. Who the F_CK knows who they actually killed that night. I shouldn't have my life just because I didn't care for what Mix 96.5 was playing. To be far, this has also happened to me in the county (unincorporated areas) a few times. But far more often in the city. The worst would be tow truck drivers. How many handjobs do they give to the state? I reported one tow truck driver to the city and state. I had a MOTHER F_U_C_K_I_N_G dash cam video of them blowing through a 4 way stop, after I had just barely started to go through. I made an abrupt left (safely) to obtain their information. Everything was on video - it was absolutely the same tow truck piece of shit, continuously. The city never replied, and the state bascally told me to go thousand dollars myself. Accordng to the "Great" State of Texas, and the City of Houston, we can all go F_CKING die. Edit: You censored the post, so I made the expletives worse, but added underscores to them. Either you are on the side of people who want to live or people who are forced to die. Do not fault me because I am passionate about the subject.
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    HCTRA.CO - a new information site

    Still can't edit posts for some stupid reason, or this would be an edit of the above post. The IBTTA newsletters are now cut down to the relevant sections only, with those sections highlighted. The only really interesting one is 1989_7 where they talk about all this free crap they gave to the "25 Millionth Patron".
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    HCTRA.CO - a new information site

    County Clerk wrote me back. Here is a sample ballot from the 1983 bond election. https://hctra.co/elections/Sample Ballot-September 13, 1983 Harris County Bond Election.pdf I also asked about the voter turnout: votes for and against, that sort of thing. The information isn't readily available but they said they would research it. What I would love to get my hands on: TV news reports from September 1983.
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    HCTRA.CO - a new information site

    I don't know why but I can't edit posts. I just wanted to add this. The point of my site is to provide these documents and provoke discussion, and I can already see that happening. That is great! A lot of the documents you can access easily, such as recent HCTRA financials. My goal is to have a complete archive of their financials. HCTRA seems to only provide a few years. I still have dozens more documents to upload. I also want to start collecting information about Linebarger. I hope this thread has some real and healthy debate, unlike the other thread...
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    HCTRA.CO - a new information site

    I live off Westheimer and the Beltway. Actually before I go into that, let me clarify real quick the names and ownership of the roads, for people that don't know. The actual toll lanes, are called Sam Houston Tollway. "HCTRA" owns these roads, except HCTRA is not an actual separate entity, it is really just a brand name and an "enterprise fund". So, Harris County owns these roads. It is important to note that these toll lanes are NOT one continuous road! Immediately before I-45 heading East, until somewhere after the airport, is a free road owned by the state. Also, several of the stacks are actually owned by the state, which is why where is a free entrance right before the ramps. The free lanes (the feeders), are called Sam Houston Parkway. They are owned by the State of Texas, and because of this, they have a numeric designation from the state: Beltway 8. If you look at the address for any business on the Beltway - let's look at the West Road Kroger, that address is 9125 W Sam Houston Pkwy N. You will never see an address for a business on the Tollway directly. I will also clarify here that no private entity has any ownership interest in any HCTRA toll road. This is one of the few "right/correct/good" things about the HCTRA system. If you want to see an example of what happens when a private entity is involved look at the Chicago Skyway. Their tolls are atrocious, some of the highest in the country. Now, like I said I live off Westheimer and the Beltway. About every weekend I drive up to see my mom, she lives off 249 and Grant Road. I used to take the tollway, and now I don't. On the weekend, the parkway/Beltway 8 is not that much slower. It costs $4.50 in tolls one way. Compared to the free lanes, and the way I drive, I would be surprised if the toll lanes save 9 minutes. One way to look at that is that I'd need to earn at least $30 an hour just to break even. Also, after I-10 was rebuilt, they very thoughtfully installed an overpass for Beltway 8, saving at least 5 minutes. Sadly, they did not do this at 290. My experience says nothing of a Monday-Friday commuter though, unfortunately that is the type of person who is proably getting soaked in monthly tolls.
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    Cannot save my signature

    Here is what I would like my signature to be. It meets all the requirements. However, I get a stupid error. The error is, "This image is larger than the maximum allowed dimensions of x 100". The image is referring to the smiley. Clearly the smiley is smaller than 100px in width or height.